Art exhibit opens Monday

Students at Copiah-Lincoln Community College have been given the task of capturing human expression.

Since May the Eta Omega Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honors society has been studying the national honors topic “Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration.” They have concentrated the topic to specifically exploring human expression through the exploration of the arts.

Academic counselor Erin Smith said the group has decided to host an art show for high school students in the college’s seven-county district. Smith said students sent letters encouraging the high schools students to submit pieces and have received 28 works.

The art exhibit will be on display in the Mutton Building from Nov. 3 to 7 and features entries in various areas of art. The winner of the art exhibit will be announced and presented with a $500 scholarship on Nov. 7 at 11 a.m.

“This is a way to give students in the area more exposure to art and allows us to provide service for ninth through 12th graders in the seven counties,” said Smith.

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor’s society for two-year colleges. The group is selected based on grade point averages and focuses on leadership, service and fellowship. The Co-Lin group has been very active throughout this semester developing community service programs to benefit the local areas.

Smith said there are about 200 to 250 students in the group each year, and students are accepted based on at least 12 semester hours of work with an average of 3.5 or higher. She added that students in all disciplines are eligible for acceptance.

There is a Phi Theta Kappa Chapter on the Wesson, Simpson and Natchez campuses.

Other student Phi Theta Kappa projects from this semester include:

• Phi Theta Kappa member Caroleah Brister started a traveling lemonade stand that raised over $200 and awareness for Spina Bifida.

• The group held a book drive for the Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital and were able to deliver over 150 books to the children.

• Phi Theta Kappa member Sarah Claire Armstrong raised money and awareness to promote Cheshire Abbey, a nonprofit, volunteer-run dog rescue charity based out of Jackson. She received over $300 in donations and numerous supplies for her passion project “Paws for a Cause.”

• Phi Theta Kappa member Regan Neely held a human trafficking seminar on Oct. 15 that raised awareness about national issues.

• Phi Theta Kappa member Brandon Nettles raised awareness about Gallant Hearts charity, which is a non-profit out of Madison that provides guide dogs to people who are blind.

• Phi Theta Kappa members helped with a campus clean up project collecting three bags of trash throughout the campus.

• Phi Theta Kappa members hosted a homecoming 5k walk/run at the Stone Stadium track. It is an annual event the group holds to start homecoming week.

• Phi Theta Kappa members helped a voter registration drive on campus to get students registered for the Nov. 4 election.